If you are forever plagued by symptoms such as thrush, bloating or fatigue, chances are you require an anti-fungal treatment, possibly due to the frequently talked of Candida yeast infection. We take a look at everything you need to know about Candida, including its symptoms, causes and treatments. Read more to figure out why this little yeast is getting so much attention!
What is Candida?
So what’s agreed on is that Candida, is a fungus, in the form of yeast. It lives in your mouth and intestines in relatively small amounts aiding digestion and absorption of nutrients. In excess, known as candidiasis (a yeast infection) can lead to uncomfortable and potentially severe symptoms affecting areas of the body such as;
What are the symptoms of Candida?
Symptoms depend on what part of the body is affected and there are also some differences in opinion about what the symptoms extend to. Commonly agreed symptoms include:
- Digestive issues such as bloating, constipation, or diarrhoea
- Cracking, redness, discomfort or white spots inside or around the mouth, tongue and lips
- Vaginal infections, itching, soreness or discharge
- Skin and nail fungal infections (such as athlete’s foot)
- Tiredness or fatigue
What causes Candida?
Many agree that prolonged use of antibiotics, birth control, decreased digestive function, stress, steroids or impaired immunity can bring about Candida.
Treatment for Candida?
Treatments will vary and is dependent on many factors, including; which area of your body the yeast infection is affecting, your age, general health and/or the severity of the infection. Fortunately, most Candida infections can be treated easily. Typically, this is with anti-fungal over-the-counter medications, in the form of creams, tablets or mouthwashes, which can usually clear up the infection quickly, within 1-2 weeks.
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